7 Over 70: The 2013 Class
IB Honors Super Septuagenarians
Of all the chilling workforce trends, the one that should stand out for Wisconsin businesses involves the retirements of hundreds of thousands of baby boomers who will have to be replaced during the next several years. The volume of business knowledge they will take with them is reason enough to persuade them to remain an active part of the workforce and/or community giving. With their lifetime of contributions in mind, IB’s annual 7 over 70 celebrates people who still give back to businesses and the community. Their examples serve as an inspiration for all current and future septuagenarians, octogenarians (80s), and even nonagenarians (90s).
Eve Galanter, 72
Galanter Public Affairs Consulting
Spouse/partner: Marc Galanter
Idea woman Eve Galanter considers herself a combination detective and problem-solver, with a sense of humor, a penchant for blunt truth telling, and a love of connecting people with people. Galanter’s connection to Madison began when she moved here in 1977 and joined the Regent Neighborhood Association, serving as president prior to her election to the Madison Common Council. Later, she was U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl’s district director. Her influences are the people who share her belief in giving more than you get, and she has given plenty. The list of boards and committees she’s served on is lengthy and includes the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Capital Times Kids Fund.Galanter also involves others. As chair of the Wisconsin Women’s Network, she led the launch of the Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute, which is the first nonpartisan training program to increase the number of women leaders in the public policy process.
Evan D. Harrison, 70
Harrison Rental Properties, LLC
Spouse/partner: Meri Anne Harrison
Evan Harrison remains active in managing residential rentals, but his fondest hope is to be remembered as an honorable husband, a father of nine, and a grandfather of 26. Harrison is obviously good at remembering names, and he’s well educated. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brigham Young University and three master’s degrees, including one in urban land economics from UW-Madison, where he learned from respected professor James Graaskamp. A member of the American Apartment Owners Association, Harrison is actively lobbying for a handyman’s bill of rights. He also believes in redemption, taking on tenants and workers others have rejected. His personal philosophies stem from his lifelong membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; they came in handy as Harrison and wife Meri Anne raised their children and grew their business, despite health problems that had her in and out of the hospital for 10 years.
Theodore J. Long, 77
Boardman & Clark, LLP
Spouse/partner: Betty Long
Theodore Long’s business and legal destiny were shaped early on. Long was fortunate to have two remarkable mentors – his father, who taught him the irrigation farming business, and a legal colleague who would spark his interest in patent law. Long’s father, an early central Wisconsin vegetable farmer, treated him as a partner in the farm business at a young age. By the time he was 18, Long was involved in semi-annual planning, loan meetings with the bank, and meetings with the director of the local university’s experimental farm. The farm had demonstrated how vegetables could be grown in sandy terrain using water irrigation and fertilizer. Another influence was patent attorney Joseph G. Werner, who gave Long a front-row seat for the growth of the local intellectual property law practice. But Long wasn’t just a spectator, he was the lead plaintiff’s counsel in Penda Corp. vs. The United States and Cadillac Products, and got his client a seven-figure damages award.
Peter Stebbins Sr., 78
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
Spouse/partner: Anna Stebbins
For Peter Stebbins Sr., the road to success is always under construction. That’s not to say people don’t encounter bumps in the pavement – Stebbins certainly admits to some – but he’s always learned from them and never looked back. Stebbins had no choice but to learn lessons, because he believes in taking chances. “If you don’t, you’ll never learn,” he states. Stebbins could be enjoying leisurely pursuits, but there is value in passing on a people-oriented philosophy. “The most successful companies have the best people,” he noted. “It’s the reason they hire smart, train well, treat them fairly, offer competitive wages, keep their employees informed, solicit their input, and promote from within.” For years, Stebbins has been promoting Madison with business and community service. After graduating from UW-Madison, the former economics major served organizations like the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin, the Madison Area Builders Association, and Habitat for Humanity of Dane County.
Howard Teeter, 71
Anteco Pharma, LLC
Spouse/partner: Elizabeth Ann Teeter
Howard Teeter’s business and life philosophies are intertwined. Work and play hard and smart. Consider the best interests of all stakeholders – owners, employees, customers, suppliers, and community. Compete with integrity. Give back to the community. Always be positive, optimistic, and passionate. Never stop. Teeter, president, founder, and co-owner of Anteco Pharma, hasn’t stopped since earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Indiana’s Manchester College (now Manchester University) and a master’s degree in chemistry from Notre Dame (1970). The real chemistry would come with Anteco Pharma, a contract manufacturer for the global pharmaceutical, medical device, and nutritional ingredient industries. Teeter has no regrets, but recent advances in science make him wish he were just starting his scientific career. His stay-positive approach came from an interesting mix of influences, including his farming father and iconic figures like Benjamin Franklin, Pablo Picasso, and others “who proved that age doesn’t preclude achievement.”
Karl Wellensiek, 82
Former CEO and Founder
Datakeep, now Access Information Mgt.
Spouse/partner: Mary Janet Wellensiek
Karl Wellensiek is staying busy in retirement, but his business no longer has to do with the storage and delivery of computer media. It has to do with his devotion to organizations like the Downtown Rotary, Oakwood Foundation, Grace Episcopal Church, and Porchlight, to name a few. In personal and business endeavors, “one has to invest time and resources in any venture to expect a return or profit,” he said. With nonprofits, that investment involves time; in business, investment came with the greatest change he’s witnessed – the expansion of technology throughout all economic sectors. The experience that changed his life was the time he spent at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. There, he was exposed to inspiring concepts and took a lesson from Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who succinctly defined economics with one reminder: “There is no such thing as a free lunch. All the rest is superfluous.”
Harvey Wendel, 73
Spouse/partner: Bonnie Wendel
Harvey Wendel feels privileged and fortunate to give back to Madison and to the legal and banking professions, all of which have given him so much. For Wendel, who in 2010 retired from the board of Wisconsin Community Bank (now Wisconsin Bank and Trust), that means paying back influences that continue to shape him: fellow counselors at Murphy Desmond; the teaching staff and students of UW Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctor in 1963; and his colleagues in the Wisconsin and Dane County Bar Associations. Those aren’t Wendel’s only payback targets. As president of Madison School and Community Recreation, where he leads fundraising efforts that provide grants for school programs and facilities, he has joined approximately 100 volunteers as a captain and member of a program that provides pontoon boat trips each summer. The trips provide tours of Greater Madison lakes, including special trips for children, seniors, and disabled adults.
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